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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

12

7

Introductory

Former School/College

Former School of Health and Human Sciences

Unit aim

Important: in 2017 this unit is being removed from the University’s offerings and is being replaced by MAT71004 Introduction to Evidence for Health Science Practitioners. Any students instructed to enrol in MAT00330 should instead enrol in MAT71004. If you have any enquiries please contact the Student Advice Team.

Provides students with an understanding of research methods and design so that they can be applied to the study of the science and management of sport and exercise. Students will analyse relevant statistical data and gain an understanding of the research process and ethical issues. Computing skills and appropriate software packages will be introduced that aid with report presentation and analysis.

Unit content

Topic 1: Introductory concepts and variables
Topic 2: Research design and ethical considerations
Topic 3: Data types and data screening
Topic 4: Descriptive statistics and normality of distribution
Topic 5: Probability and hypothesis testing
Topic 6: Statistical techniques for relationships among variables
Topic 7: Statistical techniques for differences among groups
Topic 8: Nonparametric techniques
Topic 9: Validity, reliability and experimental design

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

1. proficiently use word processing and data analysis software
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2. identify research design and explain the relationship between research design and statistical methods
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3. use statistics including performing, interpreting and reporting
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4. formulate and test hypotheses
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5. describe and interpret data
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6. identify the philosophical and ethical considerations of conducting research
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7. identify the components necessary to ensure valid consent.
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Prescribed texts

• Berg, K & Latin, R , 2008, Essentials of Research Methods in Health, Physical Education, Exercise Science and Recreation, 3rd edn, Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, Sydney. ISBN: 139780781770361.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.